from seedling to wholegrain rice

Our partner-rice cooperative farmers of Northern Luzon and Southern Mindanao uphold an age-old tradition of producing artisanal, heirloom wholegrain rice varieties. From dawn to dusk, at the seemingly endless green rice fields, together they delicately plant each seedling by hand while singing and patiently tilling the land until harvest time. From season to season with deep respect for the earth and nature’s natural cycle, vibrant celebrations abound for the abundant harvest with profound gratefulness.

We humbly bring their heritage to your table.  


What is Wholegrain Rice?

Wholegrain rice is unpolished rice containing all parts of the grain including the fibrious bran, nutritive germ, and the carb-rich endosperm. It comes in different colors, depending on variety.


Why do we love it ?

 

100% natural and authentic

Authentic, delicious caramel taste ( not coconut) that melts in the mouth ! No anti-fermenting and bleaching agents, no artificial colors and flavor enhancers. Our partner-coconut farmers in Southern Mindanao  carefully harvest 100% undiluted fresh nectar from pesticide-free and certified organically-grown trees derived from the Cocos Nucifera variety.  Called 'tappers' , they skillfully climb the trees several times a day to bind and cut the flower spathes. Precious nectar drips from spathes into containers for the next 3 to 5 weeks and cooked before fermentation begins.


nutritious and eco-friendly

SAGANÀ's fresh nectar benefits from a neutral PH balance. It is boiled under minimal heat using biomass until its water content evaporates. Partially, it reaches nectar or honey thick and left to cool down. Once fully evaporated, it becomes powdery, then sifted and air dried. Thanks to these age-old, artisanal  methods, the nectar's inherent minerals and vitamins remain intact such as magnesium, zinc, potassium and iron.

Would you believe, tapping the tree makes it more fertile with simultaneous bouquets blooming ? Coconut trees are abundant, drought-resistant , excellent carbon sinks and soil builders with many uses from the roots, fruits to the leaves. It supports biodiversity. In fact, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recognizes coconut blossom nectar as the most sustainable natural sweetener.


Low in glycemic index and potassium-rich

Minimally-processed foods such as our undiluted natural sweetener alternative assist in slow food digestion that helps control the blood pressure.  According to our conducted food analyses, SAGANÀ's coconut blossom sweeteners are potassium-rich (52% NRV ) and low in fructose content ( 2.3%) . Per 100g, it is similar to eating three bananas or two avocados ! It is an ideal 1:1 replacement to sugar for baking and cooking. Lastly, its authentic, delicious caramel taste subtly enriches the flavor of premium coffee, yougurt, fine desserts and classic cocktails...